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China Eastern cancels Boeing 787 order

China Eastern Airlines has announced that it would be cancelling its order for 24 Boeing 787s and instead order 45 Boeing 737 variants, the airline has cited extended delivery delays for the cancellation. In addition the carrier plans to order 15 Airbus A330 aircraft which will be delivered between 2013 and 2015, it also intends to sell its 5 Airbus A340-300s back to Airbus in 2012. China Eastern’s Boeing 787 order book for the 787-8 variant consisted of 15 orders for the parent carrier, and 9 orders for China Eastern’s subsidiary Shanghai Airlines. The airline’s 737 order is valued at $3.3 billion at list prices.The new aircraft are expected to be delivered to the airline starting 2014 and until 2016. Given that China Eastern’s latest…

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British Airways caught up in an advert mess up

BA’s new campaign on which the carrier is estimated to have spent £20 million caused quite a flutter when it was unveiled via Facebook. Apparently in one shot in one of the shots of the 747 it was discovered that they had used their arch rival Virgin Atlantic’s plane. In the ad which talks about the company’s motto “To Fly, To Serve” the 1st of the 3 Boeings shown standing together is a Virgin Atlantic plane which was photoshopped with BA colors but they forgot to change its tail number G-VGAL which belongs to Virgin aircraft based out of Manchester. The mistake was corrected just in time before the release. No doubt the ad is awesome and is one of the finest efforts from the…

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Jet Airways inducts new Boeing 737-800 with Sky Interior

Last week Jet Airways brought home its latest Boeing 737-800 VT-JBU with the latest Sky Interior, these interiors are a blend of the new technology experiences of Boeing while designing its latest generation aircrafts like the 787. The aircraft has larger windows and is illuminated with the light-emitting diode (LED) lighting which significantly enhances the sense of spaciousness in the cabin. That aside, the dynamic and brighter LED lighting can portray different color schemes, all these features will result in maximum efficiency and lower maintenance costs. The aircraft also has pivot bins which will enhance overhead storage space and the cabins are much quieter than previous versions. The airline has 10 more aircraft on order and the delivery will be taken from October 2011 to March 2013.…

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Singapore Airlines offers 50% redemption discount for selected flights

Singapore Airlines is offering 50% redemption discount on online redemptions for selected Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights in Business and Economy Class. The flights need to be booked between 26 September and 9 October 2011 and the travel needs to be completed between 1 October and 30 November 2011 to benefit from this promotion. The available destinations for this offer are: These discounts are available for both one-way and round-trip redemption but not for applicable for Upgrades. For more details check out the link here Overall I think is good promotion to grab seats one some really nice routes at a huge discount. So if you have any travel plans during the offer period or just want to experience the SQ luxury in the A380 and…

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Singapore Air adds A380 on the SIN-FRA-JFK route

As i had blogged earlier Singapore Air was taking off its A380 from the SIN-MEL route and replacing it with a Boeing 747-400, and from today’s announcement it seems the A380 will go to the SIN-FRA-JFK which was previously serviced using a Boeing 747-400. This aircraft swap will result in a 25%capacity increase on the SIN-FRA-JFK route and the cabin product will be far superior than the dated Boeing 747 product and is the best in its class. This is a good news for Kris Flyer members as it will result in increased award redemption availability for them whereas on the flip-side other Star Alliance carriers will not be in such luck given the fact that Singapore Air is notorious for blocking First and Business class…

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Singapore Airlines removing A380 flights to Melbourne

As i had blogged earlier, Singapore airlines has been on a aircraft changing spree on many of it’s routes, now i hear that the new changes are going to happen on the Melbourne route. The exact reason behind these changes on this route are still unknown. I do find the change a little bit odd given that’s it’s one of the big revenue earning route for them but my suspicion is that it has got something to do with their recent changes to the Airbus A380 schedule on the Sydney route. Starting 15 January 2012: SQ227 and SQ238 will lose the Airbus A380 to be replaced with the refurbished Boeing 777-300. SQ237 and SQ228 will be flown using the archaic Boeing 747 replacing the Boeing…

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CAG raps AI for it’s financial mess

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India today tabled a report in the Parliament of India stating that the Civil Aviation Ministry’s decision to change it’s order book from the initial 18 smaller capacity and 10 medium capacity aircraft in January 2004, to 50 medium and long range planes worth about $7.2 billion, and 18 more for Air India charters in November 2004 has imposed an “undue long term financial burden on the carrier” The report comes at a time when AI is already saddled with high debt caused due to inefficient processes and high interest payment on the accumulated part of which was to fund the buying of these planes. Also the botched up merger of AI-IA has caused a huge strain on…

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